Four foreign-born players named in England squad, including Georgia and Philippines stars - Ruck

Four foreign-born players named in England squad, including Georgia and Philippines stars

Steve Borthwick has named a 28-player training squad for England’s first Rugby World Cup preparation camp.

The squad, which does not include players from Gallagher Premiership semi-finalists, Leicester Tigers, Northampton Saints, Sale Sharks, and Saracens, assembled in Bagshot on Monday 12 June as England begin their preparations for the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France which starts in September. 

“We are excited to get into camp and begin the first phase of our preparations,” said Borthwick. “The World Cup is full of top quality teams and high quality players, and we’re relishing the challenge in front of us. That all starts today at Pennyhill Park.

“We have lots to get through before our first summer series fixture in August against Wales in Cardiff, so the hard work starts now. We are looking forward to it.”

In addition, a number of playing currently returning from injury, including Billy Vunipola, also joined up with the squad

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FOREIGN BORN PLAYERS IN ENGLAND SQUAD: FOUR PLAYERS

Sam Underhill, flanker, USA

Val Rapava-Ruskin, prop, Georgia

Marcus Smith, fly-half, Harlequins

Billy Vunipola, number 8, Saracens

Billy Vunipola of England in possession ahead of Kazuki Himeno of Japan during the Autumn International Series match between England and Japan at Twickenham Stadium, Twickenham, London on Saturday 12th November 2022 | Photo: James Fearn/PPAUK.

FOREIGN BORN PLAYERS IN IRELAND SQUAD: EIGHT PLAYERS

Rob Herring, hooker, South Africa

Finlay Bealham, prop, Australia

Joe McCarthy, lock, USA

Kieran Treadwell, lock, England

Jamison Gibson-Park, scrum-half, New Zealand

Bundee Aki, centre, New Zealand

Bundee Aki of Ireland watching the on going scrum during the Six Nations Championship match between England and Ireland at Twickenham Stadium, Twickenham, London on the 12th March 2022 – PHOTO: George Tewkesbury/PPAUK

Mack Hansen, winger, Australia

James Lowe, winger, New Zealand

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